Consumerization of Healthcare

By Sara Mageit 08:24 am June 30, 2020
Brisbane-based digital health company, ResApp Health has announced the launch of SleepCheck, a mobile medical device software application that analyses a user’s breathing and snoring sounds during sleep and provides an assessment of their risk of sleep apnoea. The app uses the smartphone’s built-in microphone to record the user’s breathing and snoring sounds while they sleep. SleepCheck’s...
By Dave Muoio 01:31 pm June 4, 2020
Handwashing may be a routine habit for some, but for everyone else who struggles to sanitize there's now a smartwatch app from Samsung that encourages regular, thorough handwashing. Available for a free download on a range Samsung smartwatches (all of them waterproof), the app's alarm reminds users to wash their hands at pre-scheduled intervals throughout the course of a day. A dashboard screen...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am May 19, 2020
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, a digital platform that lets consumers order lab tests online and view their results, has received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 at-home diagnostic sample collection kit that can be used with multiple diagnostic lab tests. Announced Friday by the FDA and Monday by the startup, the EverlyWell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit includes nasal...
By Dave Muoio 12:45 pm May 6, 2020
Fitbit announced this morning the launch of a new atrial fibrillation research study aiming to enroll hundreds of thousands of fitness-tracker and smartwatch owners. Called the Fitbit Heart Study, it will passively and continuously monitor wearers' heart rates using the devices' photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. A proprietary algorithm will interpret these readings and flag potential...

Credit: Withings

By Tammy Lovell 04:28 am April 29, 2020
French digital health firm Withings has unveiled its latest sleep-tracking device - a mat which can be used to detect sleep apnea. When placed underneath a mattress, Sleep Analyzer uses its advanced sensors to analyse sleep and snoring episodes.   It utilises a pneumatic sensor to measure respiratory rate, body movement and continuous heart rate in order to track users’ sleep cycles (deep, light...
By Laura Lovett 11:31 am April 28, 2020
This morning a new startup dubbed Tomorrow Health launched its tech-enabled home-health-product service.  Patients first enter their insurance information, medical needs and state. The platform is then able to give them a personalized view of home health products that meet their health requirements and are covered under their insurance plan. The company also helps to fill out the insurance claim...
By Dean Koh 10:49 pm April 7, 2020
Brisbane-based ResApp, which creates smartphone apps for the diagnosis and management of respiratory diseases, last week announced its plans to launch SleepCheck, an at-home obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) screening app. The company said it plans to launch SleepCheck for iOS on the App Store in the United Kingdom and Australia in the second quarter of this calendar year, with availability in...

In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing.

By Tammy Lovell 03:03 am March 24, 2020
As efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, see gyms and sports facilities close throughout Europe, many people can no longer follow their usual exercise routines. To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound. In response to the crisis, a...
By Laura Lovett 02:26 pm March 16, 2020
CVS will be integrating social-care-coordination platform Unite Us into its opioid-focused program "Guardian Angel," which was launched by Aetna in 2018.  The duo will roll out this combined effort first in North Carolina, where case managers will be able to use the Unite Us platform to organize with social services, including housing, food and financial support. By the end of 2020, case managers...
By Dave Muoio 01:57 pm March 10, 2020
The past few days have seen 9to5Mac publish a torrent of new features it has spotted within the leaked code of Apple’s next firmware update, iOS 14. While the majority of these details have to do with interface customization, parental controls and the like, two new functionalities will be of particular interest to competitors already offering digital wellness tools. The first is blood oxygen-...